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Television Tuesday bannerThe Good Wife – “Pilot”

The Good Wife Season One poster

Original Air Date: September 22, 2009
Starring: Julianna Margulies, Karin Konoval
Directed by: Charles McDougall

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: In the pilot episode of this acclaimed series, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) returns to work after a scandal involving her husband.

Cat Cattle Call: Alicia’s first case is pro bono work defending a woman whose murder trial previously ended with a hung jury. She soon learns the one holdout was a crazy cat lady named Mrs. Duretsky (Karin Konoval). Alicia calls on the woman to hear her reasons for insisting the defendent is innocent and is surrounded by the woman’s cats as they discuss the trial.

The Good Wife - Pilot - long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies looking at long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval sitting in chair with tabby and white cat

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies and Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in room with two cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies in room with three cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in bedroom with four cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval picking up Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Crazy cat ladies are not always so crazy!

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Malicious (1995)

Malicious poster

Keystone Pictures
Starring:
 Molly Ringwald, Patrick McGaw
Directed by: Ian Corson

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: College baseball star Doug Gordon (Patrick McGaw) has a brief affair with a medical student named Melissa Nelson (Molly Ringwald). But when Doug’s girlfriend returns from a trip he tries to break it off with Melissa. Not so easy to do!

Featured Feline: Doug lives at home with his widowed mother (Mimi Kuzyk) and a gray cat (whose name is not mentioned, which is never a good sign). The cat is first seen in two scenes sitting by Doug’s answering machine and listening to the message of “You know what to do when you hear the beep!”

Malicious - gray cat sitting by phone and answering machine

Malicious - gray cat sitting by phone and answering machine

Malicious - close up of gray cat

Later the cat is lying on Doug’s lap as he works on college homework.

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw at desk

Doug gets a call from his girlfriend Laura (Sarah Lassez) but they are interrupted when Melissa also calls Doug. He tries to juggle the two calls before finally getting rid of Melissa and sitting down on a chair with the cat to finish his conversation with Laura.

Malicious - gray cat being picked up by Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw in chair

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw in chair

Later in the film Melissa breaks into Doug’s house and drugs him. She approaches the cat, petting and then picking it up.

Malicious - gray cat sitting on fireplace bricks

Malicious - gray cat being petted on fireplace bricks

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Of course in the next scene Laura wakes up and goes into her bathroom to find the cat murdered and hanging on the back of the bathroom door. The dead cat is clearly fake but this is just another example of a poor cat being the victim of a crazy killer to set the tone of the film.

Malicious - gray cat being lifted from fireplace bricks

Final Mewsings: Cats really don’t know what to do when they hear the beep.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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Matinee (1993)

Matinee poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 John Goodman, Simon Fenton
Directed by: Joe Dante

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) is a low budget horror movie producer and director who comes to Key West to promote the latest theatrical gimmicks with his newest film entitled Mant.

Kitty Cameos: When we first see Woolsey and his partner, actress Ruth Corday (Cathy Moriarty) they are at a gas station. The shot opens with a dog chewing on a bone on the ground. A tabby kitten approaches and also starts chewing on the bone. Moments later, the dog leaves.

Matinee - kitten approaches dog eating bone

Matinee - kitten starts chewing on bone with dog

Matinee - kitten starts chewing on bone with dog

A second cat is seen sitting by a record player at Stan’s (Omri Katz) house as he and Gene (Simon Fenton) listen to a Lenny Bruce album.

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz

When the boys hear Stan’s mother coming, they quickly change the record. The cat just sits calmly by while this happens and while Stan’s mom (Belinda Balaski) turns off the record player.

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz and Gene Simon Fenton

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan's mom Belinda Balaski

Final Mewsings: Cats are not shocked by off-color humor.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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Head in the Clouds (2004)

Head in the Clouds poster

Remstar Productions
Starring:
 Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend
Directed by: John Duigan

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: The lives of an heiress (Charlize Theron), an Irish teacher (Stuart Townsend) and a student nurse / stripper (Penélope Cruz) are entangled in Europe during the Spanish Civil War and during World War II.

Kitty Cameo: The heiress, whose name is Gilda (Charlize Theron) lives in an apartment in Paris across the street from a café. The owners of the café, a man and wife, own a tabby cat with white markings who sits on their second floor windowsill with a clear view into Gilda’s apartment.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window

Head in the Clouds - blurry tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window with Penélope Cruz

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

This is especially notable the last time the cat is seen, as a man lifts the cat from the window before using this vantage point to gain access to a German officer.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill looking around at man standing in front

The cat is also seen briefly in the café itself on a table with the owner’s wife in the background.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Final Mewsings: A view and free meals. What more does a cat want?


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Cat Show (1948)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.

Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.

Cat Show 1948 - Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison looking into basket of Siamese kittens

Cat Show 1948 - little girl looking at Siamese kitten in cage

Cat Show 1948 - Siamese kittens inside cage

Cat Show 1948 - kitten sitting on woman's shoulder

Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.

Cat Show 1948 - close up of white Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - extreme close up of black Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of gray Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.


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